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Old 04-26-2013, 05:28 PM   #1
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'72 TW renovation - How it began & how it has come

I was looking for a project and found it on Craigslist with a clear
disclaimer from the seller that he didn't know anything about what shape it
was in, but thought it was tow-able. "as-is". What follows is my journey
with my "project" trailer. Enjoy!
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Old 04-26-2013, 05:47 PM   #2
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So I bought it for $3050. There was a little problem in that it was in Oregon, 17 hours away. I borrowed a friends proven heavy hauler and headed north by myself in pursuit of my dreams. All it actually need was a new tire and one brake fixed. Ya ho I am on my way home.
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Old 04-26-2013, 05:59 PM   #3
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Things are as they should be! I have a 68TW. We can compare some notes! Pics, we need more pics!
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Old 04-26-2013, 05:59 PM   #4
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This was in October of 2012. On my way I stopped at an RV park to check out what I had actually purchased.
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Old 04-26-2013, 05:59 PM   #5
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Fine Business on the Trade Wind. We love our 68. Post some pics of it when you can.
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Old 04-26-2013, 06:04 PM   #6
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Congratulations on your 'new' Trade Wind! I bought my '72 Trade Wind last summer from a farmer in southern Minnesota. She hadn't been on the road for a long time.

I decided to do a complete overhaul....since the rear bath was completely gone, and there were quite a few problems with the floor. Raised the shell and pulled the frame out late last fall. Took it to a welder for repairs, and then had it sandblasted and painted. Unfortunately, a long winter then set in....so it has been sitting under a tarp for the past 6 months. Today was the first day that I could remove the tarps and get started again. Tomorrow, I get started on a new floor....

Have a great time with your new baby!
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Old 04-26-2013, 06:12 PM   #7
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Ok so there was no place to sleep or sit, no furnace and AC didn't work and the infamous wet bath only had a working toilet but everything else had holes it...but it turns out that most all of the systems WORKED! Refrigerator(2 door); hot water heater; stove top and oven, water system (city water); lights and electrical worked. Since I am a bit handy and had restored another trailer 35 years ago (as though I can remember what I did), I felt that I had made a steal at the winning bid of $3050!!!
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Old 04-26-2013, 06:14 PM   #8
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Thanks for the kind wording for my posts. I finally decided to do this and will post pixs too.
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Old 04-26-2013, 06:20 PM   #9
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The exterior was not great in that it had a few scratches and dents from a sideswipe with something, the clearcoat had burned off of the top and looked terrible on the end caps and sides. And we had a major lowwww riderrr look with axles that were shot.
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Old 04-26-2013, 06:40 PM   #10
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We wanted the twins to be as wide as we could get them and still walk normally down the aisle. I decided to make them 36" wide and the space was 79" long. I had to tear out the original framing for the gaucho beds, which lacked the parts to make them work. I built a frame out of 2x2's, covered by 3/4" ply and built in three 22" drawers on each side. Hint: don't use lightweight drawer slides, use the thick silver ones.

For the mattress I bought a king size memory foam 12" from Costco, and cut it in half and trimmed off the ends with a serrated breads knife. really hint: use a powered meat slicing knife instead.

This is how they came out and are they comfy.
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Old 04-26-2013, 06:47 PM   #11
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I bought some walnut veneer with the adhesive back to cover the drawer faces and frame. gets close to a match with the wood like coatings in the trailer.

Next in line to do was repair and buy more tambour for all the cabinets to keep some of the original look. It turns out that it is a bit expensive and not all that easy to work with. Hint: the replacement stuff is thicker that the original so you have to cut off some of the backing to get to work.
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It came out fine, but it needs fine tuning to help with the sliding. I also couldn't get it to work on the lower slider below the kitchen sink. I ended up gluing the tambour to 2 doors and it looks good.
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Old 04-26-2013, 08:13 PM   #13
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Welcome to the world of Vintage Tradewinds.
Looks like you've found all the usual concerns hiding in a '70s Airstream and already experienced the joy of tambour. Now you're over the hump.
We have a TW double and you’re correct about reinforcing the bed frames. I used 2 extra slides from the gaucho I removed from up front.
Since you already have that great empty space up front where the gaucho and table used to reside may I suggest putting in a dinette?
A number of Forum Members have done this and the results are measurably better than the stock couch and fold out table.
Enjoy your new Tradewind and keep posting.

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Old 04-27-2013, 04:04 PM   #14
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My next project was to replace all the lights on the rig with LED, since we boondock a bit. I read a bit on the forum, and bought them on ebay. They were inexpensive ($2.77 each) but in hindsight I would have waited for brighter led's that fit like the car light do. I had to do a lot of adaptation, but a pad of 48 is like one car bulb, so they work.
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